We’ve discussed the face-to-face interview extensively in this blog, and with good reason. The face-to-face interview is one of the most important parts of the hiring process. It’s the “make-or-break” point for both the employer and the candidate.
However, you more than likely won’t get to the interview stage without a great resume. The logic is quite simple, especially when viewed within the framework of the hiring process:
- A great resume leads to a telephone interview (or telephone screening).
- A great telephone interview leads to a face-to-face interview.
- A great face-to-face interview leads to an offer of employment.
An offer of employment is, of course, the ultimate goal. Once you receive it, you can either accept it or decline it. However, you can’t decline it if you don’t have it in the first place.
So in the interest of helping to increase your chances of securing a face-to-face interview (and an offer), we’re focusing on the resume. Specifically, we’re presenting some resume tips for starting the New Year right. These tips are designed to enhance your job search in the short term and your career in the long run.
First and foremost, there are a couple of different resume formats that you can use. They are the Feature-Accomplishment-Benefit (FAB) and the Situation-Solution-Outcome (SSO). The FAB is for showcasing your skills as follows:
Feature: The actual responsibilities associated with the position
Accomplishment: Your performing of those responsibilities
Benefit: How your performance affected your employer
The SSO format, meanwhile, is used to demonstrate your ability to solve problems, which is a valuable commodity for any company:
Situation: What situation was your employer facing?
Solution: What did you do to solve the problem?
Outcome: What was the outcome?
Below are five more tips regarding the construction of your resume:
- List your work history in reverse chronological order. That’s because your recent work experience is probably the most relevant to the position for which you’re applying.
- Include your cell phone number and email address. Texting and email have become commonplace during the hiring process. However, you can leave out your home address with the contact information. These days, you just need your home city and state.
- Do NOT include a photo. Resumes with photos do not work well with most applicant tracking systems, which the organization is most likely using. (Besides, if the hiring manger wants to see what you look like, they can always visit your LinkedIn profile.)
- Speaking of your LinkedIn profile, you should update that at the same time you update your resume. If you spark the interest of a hiring manager, they will also check you out on social media, including LinkedIn. Make sure there are no huge discrepancies between the two.
- Keep the length to two pages or less. Actually, one page is the preferred length, but that’s not always possible, especially for those people who have been in the workforce longer.
When was the last time you updated your resume? Restructured it? Your resume is your “foot in the door” with a potential new employer. That’s why it should always be at the ready and be as impactful as possible.
It’s the first step to what could be an offer of employment and a great new job!
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